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N Korea threatens to reconsider US summit

Pyongyang, May 24: North Korea on Thursday threatened to reconsider Kim Jong Un’s participation in a summit with US President Donald Trump in June, saying it is up to Washington to decide whether it wants to “meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown”. In a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui also called US Vice President Mike Pence a “political dummy” for remarks he made to Fox News earlier this week. Choe said Pence had made “unbridled and impudent remarks” and that comparisons with Libya betrayed his lack of knowledge. “We could surmise more than enough what a political dummy he is as he is trying to compare North Korea, a nuclear weapon state, to Libya that had simply installed a few items of equipment and fiddled around with them,” she said.

Choe said that whether the June 12 summit between Kim and Trump will happen as scheduled entirely rests on the decision and behaviour of Washington, Yonhap news agency reported. “We will neither beg the US for dialogue nor take the trouble to persuade them if they do not want to sit together with us,” she said, returning to the military threats that were the hallmark of bilateral relations in 2017. (IANS)